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Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

14 September 2014 - 12:36pm
a far greater cyclist than I once said there are only three things you need to do
1) ride your bike
2)ride your bike
3) ride your bike

Re: South Downs Way on a touring bike ??

14 September 2014 - 11:26am
Hi I'm planning on doing this route on my Dawes galaxy. It's one of the 3 routes in England in my bike book and I need to do them before I leave. I will be starting from Cambridge so a mountain bike isn't an option for me. Do you think this will be possible? Or is the South Downs way just too difficult?

Re: Cotswold Line

14 September 2014 - 9:55am
Howard, Si

Your right, 3- 5 days would make a lovely tour. I think riding Worcester >>>Oxford appears to be better as there are some lovely descents

To be honest 1 day is too short. There were many areas I would love to have explored en-route (Charlbury, Kingham, etc etc but I needed to be in Oxford on the same day

Re: Santander to Calais - info required

14 September 2014 - 9:45am
myself and a friend did St Malo to Santander a couple of years ago.
it was great !
900 miles in total, 21 days

it was quite straight forward . we hugged the coast the whole time. the Basque country was fairly brutal on the hills but the scenery was awesome.

we took paper michelin maps and also nipped into the TIC and got some great cycle route maps too.

so if i were you i'd do it all along the coast from Santander to San Seb and when in France you can use great cycle paths which can take you all the way north.

i'm just off in a couple of days myself from St Malo down to Andalucia in Spain. looking forward to it.

good luck !



here's my blog of my ride to Barcelona ( you can see some of the great bike routes along the west coast of France ) :


Re: Cotswold Line

14 September 2014 - 9:16am
Looks great. Really quite fancy having a go. But, like Howard, am wondering how many days.....entirely possible to do it in one but there seems so much to stop and see that three might be more appropriate.

Re: Cotswold Line

14 September 2014 - 9:13am
Thank you for the write up. I think I've found next years trip just need to decide 3 days solo or 5 with my daughter.....

Re: Touring Bike For Tall Person...

14 September 2014 - 8:56am
I have just checked the VSF catalogue and they still make the T-XXL with the very large frame and extra bracing.

Re: Touring Bike For Tall Person...

14 September 2014 - 8:37am
I'm only 6 ft 4 but ride a VSF Fahrrad Manufaktur T400 in normal sizing with an adjustable stem. They make 'extra' size frames for taller people. Chris's Bikes in Girton, Cambridge will order one for you. Regarding snapped spokes, i weigh in at 130kgs and have never had any problem with the standard T400 26 inch wheels.

Re: Tips for touring the Alps

14 September 2014 - 8:22am
Pictures look fantastic, looks like a brilliant tour to me.


Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

14 September 2014 - 7:21am

Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

13 September 2014 - 9:03pm
Sign up for warmshowers.org. Disconnect the internet. Turn out the lights. Disconnect the electricity and sell your home? That'll confuse anyone that turns up for a room.

Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

13 September 2014 - 8:03pm
Nice article, not sure I'd want to turn my house into a hostel though!

Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

13 September 2014 - 11:56am
Interesting, but I think different people (at different ages) achieve the "getting fit" at very different speeds. Two weeks after you start (and starting gently) might be true for younger generation, but as you get older so the process of putting on muscle seems to take longer.

Not that I disagree with the points raised about lifestyle, just very unsure about the physical fitness aspects for people a bit older.


Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

13 September 2014 - 11:33am
Aimed a bit towards being single or you and your partner/family are going. Don't think my wife and kids would be very happy if I sold the TV and Fridge


Re: Cotswold Line

13 September 2014 - 9:52am
Thank you.
Nice write up.

Cotswold Line

13 September 2014 - 8:22am
The Cotswold Line cycle route is a stunningly beautiful cycle ride. I tackled it last Thursday in one day cycling from Worcester to Oxford

The route designers have really done an outstanding job in taking the route through some of Britain's finest villages accompanied by the pastoral colours of the countryside to finally end up In Oxford. The route itself is well described here : http://www.cotswoldcycling.com/

Having ridden the route my thoughts are:

Signposting for most of the route varies from outstanding Worcester-Pershore, Oxfordshire areas and beyond to non-existent Evesham-Honeybourne. That said I always regard the Sustrans signs as long lost friends as they have enabled me to introduce a lot of people to cycling and it was a pleasure to follow these newly minted signs.


I used the GPS route on Richards site and the descriptions therin for most of my planning; http://cycle.travel/route/cotswold_line. Where the signs diverged from the GPS route I always adhered to the GPS route and encountered no problems.

Lunch at Kingham Village Green

The memories of cycling on this route will be etched in my memory for ever, from the majestical start alongside Worcester Cathedral to the peaceful tranquillity of the quiet roads and then entering beautiful villages with simply stunning architecture was a delight.

Chipping Camden

A fine pub

The start at Worcester Cathedral

One of the highlights for me was to have birds of prey (Red Kites, Sparrowhawks, Buzzards, Kestrels etc) keeping a watchful eye on me as I made my journey to Oxford a truly moving experience

My resting place for the evening Keeble College Oxford where a fine dinner awaited and then finally to bed

A wonderful cycle ride and route

The Great Western train service from Oxford (which stops at the principal villages on route) is outstanding

Venice to Lecce - and how to get there (and back)

13 September 2014 - 12:13am
I would like to cycle down Italy's Adriatic coast, from Venice to Lecce - a journey of about 600 miles, along cycle routes.

If anybody has done this I'd be very grateful to know how it worked - and especially if the routes are suitable for road touring bikes.

Also, what is the best way of getting there and back, with your bike? I'd be confident enough of doing the bike journey in 7-8 days, but wonder how long it would take 'all in'.



GPS Training course - 2 days - only £70

12 September 2014 - 11:59pm
As a CTC leader I've organised a W/E tuition on GPS devices this W/E and have 2 places available, is anyone interested. They look great out of the box, but take a lot of effort and asking others to get started on them and this course will make that a lot easier
This will be the second W/E course and the first in June was very helpful.
This one is based at Mungrisdale, close to the Lake District on the 4th and 5th October 2014.

I asked for
1) An introduction to gps and the devices available
2) An explanation of routes, waypoints and tracks
3) Building a route from a remote location. We are pretty unique in that the holidays we offer are truly original. Websites include http://www.bikely.com http://www.bikeroutetoaster.com etc.
4) Transferring this route to a format that can be used by various devices such as .gpx and an explanation of the options available
5) How to correctly send these to participants. There is an added step here in that many of our tours are subsequently copied by other companies, so a degree of security would be nice (Though appreciate that this may only be possible if we supply the units as well)
6) Transferring these to devices and converting these to formats that cyclists use. As we are dealing with participants that have their own gps units we are often dealing with various types of Garmin, Satmaps etc.
7) With a gps route on file, having the ability to edit it after the holiday. An example would be altering the route slighly as a better road is found or a different starting point is found without having to rewrite the whole day.

REPLY from GPS training
I’ve read your brief and all makes sense and would present no problems for us
As you have quite an extensive brief and are still thinking about which type of GPS you may end up using I’m pretty sure that you will need two days – the first for the practicalities of the use of GPS and the second for working with BaseCamp & Garmin Connect their free computer software to allow import/export of user data in GPX and Fit file formats and planning routes like your Yellowstone trip – learning how to manage files formats on your computers etc. and import/export to GPS.
All the points covered in your notes would be covered in the two days; although your head may hurt at the end of the second day – we can provide loan & demo GPS for you to use and Laptops with Basecamp installed – Garmin Connect may be a bit more tricky as it’s an online application but Pete is very familiar with it so will be able to show you how to sue it with some captured pages – he also uses Bikey & Bike Toaster so will be able to help there as well – you could bring your own computers but it may just be easier to use ours – I would recommend you don’t purchase any GPS until you’ve been on the course – we would be happy to do a deal for you and your members on GPS, Maps & Accessories
The cost of the course is £70 for both days

If you would like to come, please contact Neil at Neil@Tandem-club.org.uk

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

12 September 2014 - 11:53pm
No place like home thank god. By Stephen Primrose Smith. A really good read and funny.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00M9QV ... mp_s_a_1_1

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

12 September 2014 - 10:30pm
Travels with Rosinante - French bloke cycles round the world rivetting local beer bottle caps onto his mudguards as he goes. doesn't get much better than that


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